Chronic Disease Self-Management This Fall

Do you suffer from a chronic disease such as arthritis, diabetes, cancer, COPD, stroke, or any ongoing health concern? If so, you are not alone. In fact, 145 million Americans suffer from some type of chronic disease. Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has partnered with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Kansas Foundation for Medical Care to offer Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) to help ease the burden of those one in two Americans who suffer from some sort of chronic disease.

CDSME workshops, developed by Stanford University, are free, interactive, and evidence based. These workshops are designed to help individuals with chronic conditions learn how to manage and improve their own health, while reducing health care costs. Workshops are led by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are living with a chronic disease.

The following topics are covered:

  • Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation.
  • Exercises for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance.
  • Appropriate use of medications.
  • Communicating better with family, friends, and health professionals about your conditions.
  • Nutrition, decision making and how to evaluate new treatments for your disease.

Each session is two and a half hours long and participants receive a workbook, relaxation CD and class incentives. The sessions are highly interactive and designed to help people gain self-confidence in their ability to control their symptoms, better manage their health problems and lead fuller lives. Participants will meet virtually, once a week for six weeks.

Friends, relatives, and caregivers of the person living with a chronic condition are encouraged to attend as well. Adults of any age can benefit from the skills taught in this free workshop.

Two workshops will be offered in Johnson County this fall. A VIRTUAL workshop will be offered on Mondays, beginning Sept. 20-Oct. 26, 2021 from 4:30-7:00 PM, an in-person (socially distant, with masks) at Lenexa Senior Center on Thursdays, beginning Sept. 30-Nov. 4 from 9-11:30. Email  [email protected] or call 913-477-8431 for more information.

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